Alumnus Dr. Varun Rai, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, has won the 2016 David N. Kershaw Award conferred by Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM).
At LBJ School he directs the Energy Systems Transformation Research Group. He is a Faculty Affiliate at UT Austin's Energy Institute. Prior to joining UT Austin in July 2010, he was a research fellow at the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University from 2008-2010. Dr. Rai received his Ph.D. and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 2002.
Dr. Rai was a Global Economic Fellow in 2009 and has held the Elspeth Rostow Centennial Fellowship since 2010. In July 2013 he was appointed as a Commissioner for the vertically-integrated, municipal electric utility Austin Energy, City of Austin (Texas).